Anthony McCarten is a celebrated New Zealand-born film-maker, novelist and playwright who now divides his time between London, Los Angeles and Munich. He received early international success with his play Ladies Night, which was translated into twelve languages. His screenplay for The Theory of Everything which he wrote and produced won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar.
I learned things from the script I didn't know. I just thought, "Can that be right? Were we that perilously close?" And so it just grabbed me. -- Gary Oldman This is history written with the verve of a novel. Compelling and provocative -- Piers Brendon, former Director, The Churchill Archives Pacy, refreshing, intimate and clear-eyed -- Sonia Purnell, author of 'Clementine' Impeccably researched, provocative and absolutely thrilling. I couldn't put it down. -- Henry Hemming, author of Churchill's Iceman Engrossing... a bold and hugely readable story about doubts, decision and the power of words that vividly conveys the man and the moment. -- Clare Mulley, author of The Woman Who Saved the Children Darkest Hour has the panache, pace, wit and authenticity of its place and time...a concise and convincing distillation of the events of May 1940. -- Lawrence James [on the film] It is quite simply brilliantly well done. Gary Oldman's performance is nothing short of a masterpiece and Kristin Scott Thomas is remarkable. At one moment in the film I closed my eyes and I thought it was my grandmother speaking. It is also extremely moving - what my mother used to call a "two-handkerchief film" -- Nicholas Soames [on the film]